Grave heartbreak

A DISTRAUGHT widow is devastated that tributes to a 'lovely family man' have been snatched from her husband's grave. Sheila Joules, of Tamar Road, Worle, says keepsakes including flowers, a card and a balloon have all disappeared from the crematorium s

A DISTRAUGHT widow is devastated that tributes to a 'lovely family man' have been snatched from her husband's grave. Sheila Joules, of Tamar Road, Worle, says keepsakes including flowers, a card and a balloon have all disappeared from the crematorium site in Ebdon Road, which she and her family have decorated in tribute to Albert, who died last September after suffering from heart problems.The 73-year-old great grandmother was left in tears again when she turned up to the grave with her daughter Jane and found a giant bouquet of flowers spelling out the word 'dad' missing.Sheila said: "My daughter Marlene put a balloon on the grave at Christmas and four days later we noticed it was missing. We thought perhaps the people working at the crematorium had cleared it away."This Valentine's Day we went and put a card on his bench for him and my daughter bought him some red roses saying 'dad' - they were beautiful."When I went up with Jane the roses had gone. The card had gone missing three days before that."We went round to the skip to see if the roses had been put there. I was so upset and I said to my daughter 'please help me find them for dad.'"It made me feel terrible. I was so upset and it is so painful."My daughter said we had the greatest grave in the cemetery."We light candles and lanterns for Albert at night when the weather is good."My children Julie, Jane, Marlene, Maureen and Graham have all been wonderful but we miss him so much."When I spoke to the woman at the crematorium she said there had been problems with vandalism there."There are great big holes in the hedge where they have cut the trees down and people can get in."I want my husband to be safe so I will pay for the repairs myself if I have to."A North Somerset Council spokesman said: "We've had two reports of items going missing, one from a grave and the other a plaque being removed."The police were contacted and have been in touch with one of the families."We are looking at perimeter arrangements at the moment to prevent anyone getting unauthorised access. We would urge anyone who sees any acts of theft or vandalism to report it to the police or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.


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